Oklahoma and Georgia meet Tex-Mex

7 Sep

Inspired by our love of Tex-Mex cuisine, the lack of good, local Tex-Mex cuisine and our love of cooking, Jordan & I have spent all day simmering, chopping, mincing, caramelizing and rolling out fabulous Tex-Mex dishes. We cooked from Noon to 5:45pm with only a short break in the middle. We were determined to make everything from scratch and use the freshest ingredients we could find. We discovered that our knives are dull and we are seriously lacking in the knife skills necessary to cut up vegetables like a pro. No matter, we managed and had some good laughs along the way.

This cooking event was Jordan’s brain child and he picked up all of the supplies on Friday for our day in the kitchen today. After surveying his recipes, he decided we needed 8 cloves of garlic. Unsure of what a clove consisted of, he picked up 8 heads of garlic just to be safe. (Insert bug eyes here) You should have seen the look on his face when I told him that one head of garlic had about 10 to 12 cloves of garlic inside. Lets just say that we are good for the next year where garlic is concerned. *wink*

We made some fresh pico de gallo first…delicious!! There are few things that equal the amount of fun we had chopping veggies and herbs together. Forget going to the movies or eating out…cooking together with your spouse is all you need for the perfect date.

Next came the carnitas which simmered for 3 hours in the most heavenly stock/herb/orange mixture. Our kitchen smells amazing, even hours after coming out of the pot.

With the carnitas simmering, I started on making the re-fried beans. Bask in the glow of my bean mashing skills. (Also, bask in the glow of the sunburn my neck received from my day in the sun yesterday…niiiice)

While Jordan worked on preparing the dough for our homemade flour tortillas, Denny and I took a quick break to rest our feet. Denny was there for emotional support, of course.

Does my husband have skills, or what? The man was born to make tortillas.

I even jumped in to make a batch of my own. I was exhilarating to work with dough…It gave me a great sense of accomplishment to mix and roll out my own tortillas.

Put myself and Jordan together and we transform into a tortilla making machine. We were cranking out hot, fresh tortillas at a blinding pace.

After tasting a homemade tortilla, you’ll never have a store-bought one again. Jordan’s smile is a testament to their greatness.

After the tortillas, beans, canmita’s & pico were prepared things got a little hectic. Five hours suddenly shrank to 2.5 and we geared up from turtle to rabbit mode to finish our feast on time. We rounded out the afternoon with the most amazing rice, salsa verde and guacamole you’ve ever tasted. Chiles and avocados littered the counter-tops and flour coated each of us from head to toe.

Wren, Chloe, Charles and my mom came over to help us enjoy the fruits of our labor. Even though the process was time consuming and labor intensive, we’d do it all again in a second. The meal was delicious and the time spent together was priceless. :)


One Response to “Oklahoma and Georgia meet Tex-Mex”

  1. sherri September 7, 2009 at 2:03 AM #

    I can attest to the fact that it was delicious and beautiful to look at…thank you for a wonderful evening!!! We love you both!

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